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Date: 5/23/13 5:01 AM

Could you please advise me what sort of thread I should use to just take in the sides of a bathing suit top? It's like a t-shirt, a tankini I think it's called. Is the thread that came with the Brother 1034D good enough? I do not like buying/wearing bathing suits so need these to live through any alteration ;)

I'm not an energetic swimmer, I just float about a bit to cool off, but it must hold up if anyone tickles my feet and I get to splashing and spluttering LOL and it would be worn only on holidays ... say a week or 10 days a year. But the sun is hot, sun screen gets applied and pools have chemicals etc... and I'd be in it for several hours before a rinse is possible....

I've got a lot to learn about threads!

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Date: 5/23/13 8:20 AM

Aprilla, I've made many bathing suits over the years and I always just used Coats and Clark polyester thread. Is your suit made of the typical two way stretch material, or is it actual tee shirt knit? I don't have a serger, so not sure what type of thread they use. I made all my suits on Mechanical sewing machines(Singer and Kenmore). It would help to have a stretch stitch, but I've also done mine with a double row of straight stitching.

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Date: 5/23/13 8:36 AM

Thanks JTink, very helpful.
I am just going to serge down the sides a bit as it's slightly wide. It's new-ish so I was just nervous that I'd destroy it without using a proper thread... new serger jitters I guess :)

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Date: 5/23/13 8:53 AM

So glad you got your serger! Do you mean the thread that came on the serger from the factory? Get rid of that. If you mean extra thread that you got from the dealer, it is probably ok to use. Check the package and see. You can use wooly nylon in the looper which give it a little more stretch and regular thread to match your fabric for the needles. I made a bathing suit last year and I used Coats & Clarks. I am like you and not an active swimmer. My suit seems fine.

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Date: 5/23/13 10:23 AM

Coats & Clarks thread added to shopping list.

I'll get rid of that thread ..... soon LOL
Right now I'm experimenting with gusto and on nothing at all valuable.

And, if truth be told, would rather be a bit more comfortable before changing the threads. I have watched it being done and am not afraid, just putting it off a little while I settle down.... not quite ready yet LOL

However, the extra I got from the dealer (100% polyester 40/2 5000M) has the same cone as came on the serger. If it's the same thread I do hope it's not rubbish, I've got a LOT of it LOL

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Date: 5/23/13 11:04 AM

Threading is easy on that Brother. I found a youtube video that someone posted on the site here. It took me step by step. Some people will tie on new thread and pull it through that way. The trickiest part is to make sure you do it in the order that the manual states. I think it is upper looper, lower looper, left needle, right needle but check on that. The color paths are a big help too. I didn't get much thread with my Brother when I bought it so I had to rethread pretty quick. You probably need to change the needles too. The needles that came with mine were bad and I couldn't get a decent stitch until I changed them (which I should have done right away-lol). The trick to the needles is knowing that one sits higher in there than the other one does.
I buy Maxi-lock serger thread when it is on sale at Hancocks. I just use either white or a slate (not black not gray) for most things. Those colors match with everything and I don't have to constantly change the serger thread. HTH
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Date: 5/23/13 7:02 PM

A couple of other suggestions:

MAKE SURE YOU OIL YOUR MACHINE BEFORE YOU USE IT. If you don't already have it then your local sewing retailer (even some Walmart locations) should have sewing machine oil.

Do NOT pick up your Brother machine from the bottom of the machine. Doing so will loosen the belt tension.

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Date: 5/23/13 8:55 PM

I have used just regular good quality sewing thread when making swimwear and it held up well.

I hear you about being comfortable before you change the threads. The first time is a bit daunting but once I actually did it I realized it was not as bad as I thought it would be, pretty easy actually. I had to rethread mine right away as it came threaded with only about 2 feet of thread. Maybe not a bad thing though - I got over the fear of rethreading right away.

I watched this video a couple of times and then followed along with it.

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Date: 5/25/13 2:09 PM

Thanks for the videos on changing threads. That will be handy if I run into any confusion, though I'm not afraid... it just isn't necessary yet. I'm anxious to try both methods, tying on a thread and from scratch, as I read somewhere that pulling the knot through is good for clearing the tensions - thread soaked with rubbing alcohol for cleaning - now & again.
I got some fancy shiny goldy thread today so will be fretting to change threads to try that out real soon, see what it looks like Christmas IS coming... LOL

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